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GSAS Commencement Schedule Outline

2017 Commencement Schedule
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Yale University
University Commencement site
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Sunday, May 21
2:00pm, Graduate School Commencement Convocation, HGS Courtyard Tent, 320 York St.
Awarding of graduate student prizes and faculty mentor prizes. Remarks by Dean Cooley & mentors. All are welcome, no tickets needed; academic regalia is not required. 

3:00pm Dean’s Reception, Common Room and 119, McDougal Center, HGS, 320 York St.
Reception for degree candidates, faculty and their guests with light refreshments. 

Monday, May 22
9:00am, Graduates & Guests Assemble, HGS Courtyard Tent, 320 York Street
Faculty and degree candidates should wear academic attire (cap, hood and gown), either rented or purchased. Coffee & tea will be served. See commencement web site for cap & gown pickup.

9:25am, Procession from HGS
Dean Cooley leads the faculty and student procession to Cross Campus at 9:25; guests should proceed immediately to Old Campus for seating.

9:40am, Cross Campus
Degree candidates assemble under signs indicating their degree.

10:30 am, University Commencement exercises, Old Campus, corner High and Elm
All University ceremony with symbolic awarding of degrees by school and presentations of honorary degree recipients. No tickets required for guests but seating is limited so early arrival is suggested.

Approximately 12:15pm, Graduate School Diploma Ceremony, Woolsey Hall, Grove & Prospect Streets
Ph.D., M.Phil. and MA/MS diplomas awarded by Dean Cooley and faculty representatives from each department or degree program. No tickets required for guests for ceremony. Followed by Dean’s picnic lunch for Woolsey Hall degree recipients and their guests, faculty and staff, in the HGS Courtyard Tent. Complimentary HGS lunch for graduates and guests by advance order online using form below.

*Students receiving master's degrees from the MA/MAS programs of the Jackson Institute attend a separate diploma ceremony at Horchow Hall, 55 Hillhouse Avenue. A reception follows there.